Capture Tokyo: Tokyo Disney Resort

 

Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels ♥︎ Ikspiari, Maihama

If you’re a Disney lover in Japan, you’ve probably had the chance to visit Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. However, for those of you who aren’t willing to always shell out the $80 for a day at Disney, I would recommend visiting the Tokyo Disney Resorts and the connecting Ikspiari mall nearby. It’s a great way to recreate that magical Disney feeling without breaking your bank account. The Tokyo Disneyland hotel might not be the ritziest hotel compared to the ones in Florida or Cali, but it does have that special Disney atmosphere. There are restaurants, bars, gift shops, and even a princess hair salon and photo studio! The hotel also features a cute little Alice themed garden in the back.

The Ikspiari mall (although not super Disney themed), does have its own unique décor. It’s home to many popular clothing shops (Folli Follie, Lowrys Farm, GAP, etc.), a movie theatre, hair salons, restaurants, etc. Each part of the mall has its own unique theme (cinema theme, futuristic theme, etc.). There’s even a jungle themed restaurant inside, where customers can enjoy eating in a Disney-esque jungle, while listening to the soothing sounds of the waterfall inside the restaurant. Walking all the way to the end of the mall, we came across a cute little pond with a romantic pagoda in the middle. I would definitely recommend bringing your date here to set the mood, haha! The little pond leads to another hotel, which although it’s not the main Disney hotel, is still within walking distance of the park and is just as beautiful.

Although I’ve personally never stayed at these hotels before, I would recommend walking around the area if you want to get a taste of Disneyland outside of the parks!

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Capture Hawaii: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

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The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

One of the best perks of being a resident of Hawaii, aside from the beautiful beaches and sunny weather, is its resort hotels! When I was in high school, one of my favorite past-times was leisurely walking around the various hotels in Waikiki…and if I was really lucky, my family would have a staycation, and we would get to spend the night for a couple of days! The Royal Hawaiian’s signature pink buildings were always a treat to visit, especially around the holidays. The hotel puts out decadent and elaborately designed Christmas trees and decorations for the holidays. Definitely worth walking around if you’re in town!